|Document ID (ISN)||111432|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0019-8366 - Industrial Health
|Convention or series no.
||Hakola T., Paukkonen M., Pohjonen T.
||Less quick returns - Greater well-being
||July 2010, Vol.48, No.4, p.390-394. 10 ref.
||The aim of this study was to design ergonomically-improved shift schedules for nurses in primary health care shift work in order to enhance their health and well-being. The main change made was the reduction of quick returns (morning shifts immediately after an evening shift) in order to ensure more recovery time between work shifts. Six Finnish municipal hospital units and 75 nurses participated in the intervention. The aim was to maintain or improve the well-being and work ability of aged workers. Subjects were divided into three age groups: 20-40, 41-52 and 53-62 years. The introduction of more recovery time between evening and morning shifts significantly improved the subjects' sleep and alertness, well-being at work, perceived health and leisure-time activities independently of their age. The effect on social and family life was also positive. Other findings are discussed.
||work-rest schedules; shift work; mental health; ergonomics; nursing personnel
||Finland; women; age-linked differences; hospitals
||D - Periodical articles
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
Stress, psychosocial factors
Hours of work
Health care services